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3) Westchester County: Bipartisan Coalition Passes 'No Tax Increase' 2016 Budget

4) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Interviews Senator David Carlucci About Issues in the Hudson Valley on her Public Access TV Show "Speak Out"

5) Who Won Last Night's GOP Debate?

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For Immediate Release: December 14, 2015
Contact: Matt Richter
Bipartisan Coalition Passes ‘No Tax Increase’ 2016 Budget
Funds Restored to Non-Profits, Social Safety Net Protected
On Monday, the bipartisan coalition that controls the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) passed a budget for 2016 that does not raise taxes and restores cuts to non-profits, parks and public safety.  This is the sixth consecutive year with no tax increase to the County tax levy.
Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D) Somers, praised the bipartisan coalition for their hard work and cooperation while offering the warning that the budget offered no margin for error.  “My colleagues and I have worked very hard to produce a sound budget that protects those who rely on county services while delivering no tax increase for the sixth consecutive year.  The budget we passed was a vast improvement over the budget that the County Executive proposed however there are some elements of the budget that will require close supervision throughout the year.  We saw diminished sales tax revenue this year because of plummeting fuels costs which will leave us short of what we anticipated.  As a result we will likely have to use dollars from our fund balance to make up that shortfall.  I am afraid that we may find ourselves in a similar position next year.”  Kaplowitz added, “A continued draw down of our reserve fund will lead to the loss of Westchester’s AAA bond rating.  My colleagues and I are going to be watching revenues and spending very closely throughout this fiscal year.”
Minority Leader, Legislator John Testa (R) Peekskill, said that a tax increase should be the last option in developing a budget.  “My colleagues and I approached these negotiations with the attitude that collaboration and compromise were needed to make this the best budget possible.  We added back as many of the jobs and service programs that we could but our colleagues in the Democratic Caucus ultimately voted against the budget which restored funding for the social safety net but did not offer any realistic alternatives.” Testa said. “While collaborating on the budget with County Executive Rob Astorino he assured us that he can manage Westchester County on the budget that we passed today and I believe him.  Westchester families can be sure that we remain committed to holding the line on taxes while maintaining the quality of life we all enjoy in Westchester County.”
Legislator Sheila Marcotte (R) Tuckahoe, Eastchester, New Rochelle, is Chair of the BOL’s Budget and Appropriations Committee.  “I’d like to thank the many Commissioners and Department heads throughout Westchester County who participated in the Budget Committee review process.  Between committee meetings and public hearings we spent many hours and days listening to hundreds of people about county operations and the needs of our non-profit partners.  I am happy that to a large extent we were able to restore many programs and positions.  I am most happy that for the sixth straight year, we stood with taxpayers with a no tax increase budget.  An accomplishment that is, frankly, unheard of in these economic times.”

On Monday, December 14, 2015 2:35 PM, Sandy Galef wrote:

Assemblywoman 95th Assembly District                       


  District Office:
  2 Church Street, Ossining, NY 10562

  albany office:

                                                            Room 641,
Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12248

      For Immediate Release
Contact:  Sandy Galef

(914) 941-1111

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Interviews Senator David Carlucci About

Issues in the Hudson Valley on her Public Access TV Show "Speak Out"

(December 14, 2015) Assemblywoman Sandy Galef speaks with Senator David
Carlucci, the State Senator for parts of Westchester and Rockland Counties,
about common interests and problems.  High on the list is the new Tappan Zee
Bridge which he expects will lead to much good economic development in
Westchester and Rockland, depending on the toll structure. They also discuss
their common interest in the proposed Sing Sing Prison Museum.


        Carlucci discusses some of his particular interests like leading
his Hudson River rambles on the trails on both sides of the river. He also
talks about his commitment to promoting Naloxone as a way to counter the
epidemic of heroin use and opiate drugs in this area.  Finally he shares his
recent invitation and inspirational visit to the White House where he was
recognized for his work on behalf of the disabled on the 25th anniversary of
the Americans with Disabilities Act.


        "It is a pleasure to work with Senator Carlucci on issues of mutual
concern to us and to all who live in the lower Hudson Valley," comments
Galef. "His enthusiasm, hard work, and good sense are much appreciated."

        Tune in to cable television on the following days and times to
learn more.

"Speak Out: Senator Carlucci" airs as follows:


Airs: December 23, 30 and January 6, 13

Ossining and Peekskill airs on Channel 15: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.

(Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison,
Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)

Wappingers Falls airs on Channel 21: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.

(Cold Spring, Philipstown North)


Airs: December 23, 30 & January 6

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